Festy Gear

first_imgPacking the right gear can make or break your festival experience. Come prepared with these tent city essentials.1. Chaco Men’s Nikolai and Women’s Raja FlipsGet around the festival grounds in the open-air comfort of Chaco’s flips. The Men’s Nikolai has a laid-back leather look up top and a sticky performance-minded sole below that’s made with 25 percent recycled materials. The Women’s Raja is a little sportier, featuring the similar gritty sole with the added durability of double-strapped webbing through the toe. $85 (Nikolai) and $60 (Raja); chacos.comW_Raja_Collision_sm2. Yeti RoadieThis beast of a cooler will keep your favorite libations chilly for days. Yeti’s super-thick insulation and freezer-modeled seal offer bear-proof protection and storage longevity well beyond the average plastic cooler. The Roadie is a compact, portable model, just right for a long weekend in Tent City. $249.99; yeticoolers.comOptic-2.5-Fly_sm3. Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5During festivals, you need the right tent to be your setbreak sanctuary. Mountain Hardwear’s new Optic 2.5 features a high, airy design that offers a little extra breathing room. The easy-pitch two-pole tent also features full-size doors that zip away to give you big open views of the surrounding landscape. $240; mountainhardwear.com4. Smith Mastermind ChromaPop PolarizedSlipping on this incarnation of Smith’s Mastermind shades offers a vivid awakening for your eyes. It sounds like hyperbole, but the company’s relatively new ChromaPop technology delivers some serious advances in visual clarity. The lenses filter light in specific areas to optimize color, resulting in an unprecedented level of vibrance. You don’t need to understand the science; just enjoy the view. $208.95; smithoptics.com5. Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 600 3-SeasonAfter long days of revelry, you need a comfortable night’s sleep. Snuggle into Sierra Designs’ new Backcountry Bed, which features wide shoulder design and an oversized integrated comforter that won’t hinder your natural sleeping position. The bag is stuffed with innovative DriDown filling—fluffy 600-fill goose down treated with a hydrophobic polymer to keep moisture to a minimum when the festival skies open. $399.95; sierradesigns.com6. Patagonia A/C ShirtPatagonia’s loosely woven organic cotton allows maximum airflow—a must when you’re wandering through a festival during the stifling Southern humidity. The performance-minded wicking fabric also dries fast, so you can quickly regain confidence when your pores start leaking. $79; patagonia.com 7. Patagonia Arbor Pack 26LThis old-school summit pack has been updated with modern details, so you can organize the small essentials you need to bring from stage to stage. Behind the generous main compartment a laptop sleeve doubles as a hydration reservoir, while the small zippered stash pocket is perfect for a phone, wallet, and sunscreen. $99; patagonia.com8. Selk’ BagYes, this is a sleeping bag with arms and legs. Yet it’s surprisingly functional and a fun way to stay warm. Wear your sleeping bag around the festival bonfire. And thanks to the reinforced nylon soles at the bottom of the bag, you can wander around the campgrounds like a sleepwalking mummy. No need to bring extra layers when you have the Selk’ Bag packed. $159; selkbagusa.comlast_img read more

United return to winning ways

first_img David Moyes’ side were staring at a hat-trick of defeats for only the third time in the entire Premier League era. But once Welbeck rattled in the rebound after Adnan Januzaj had headed against a post, there was never much chance of it happening en-route to a 3-0 win. Manchester United rediscovered the winning habit as Danny Welbeck’s first-half double and Tom Cleverley’s strike condemned Aston Villa to their biggest Premier League defeat of the season. The visitors helped themselves with their speed and intensity, a sharp improvement on grim recent performances. Villa were unable to match them and left far too many open spaces for United shirts to flood into. Valencia gave Antonio Luna a torrid time and with the Spanish defender unsettled, Rafael was able to surge to the by-line and send over a superb cross that was met perfectly by Januzaj. The teenager’s header flashed past Brad Guzan, and when it came bouncing back off a post, Welbeck was racing in to apply a first-time finish to the rebound. Within three minutes, the visitors had struck again. This time Valencia provided the opportunity, with Welbeck sliding between defenders to touch home. It was the perfect way for United to answer their critics, and Welbeck to silence a few of his. The England striker revelled in the responsibility of leading the attacking line as Robin van Persie starts his month on the sidelines, with Wayne Rooney dropping so deep at times, he was almost assuming the Paul Scholes creative role. Rooney did skim the outside of a post after Valencia had opted to pass rather than shoot after driving deep into the area. Welbeck spurned a glorious chance to claim his first senior hat-trick from a very similar position after Valencia had once again proved too hot to handle. It was an all-too-familiar story for Villa, for whom Benteke was a shadow of the player who terrorised defences throughout last season. A confrontation between David de Gea and Gabriel Agbonlahor, making his 300th Villa appearance, at the start of the second period suggested the hosts had received a blasting from manager Paul Lambert. But pretty soon, Rooney had powered forward and slipped a pass to Cleverley, who drove home his first Premier League goal in almost exactly a year. Soon afterwards, the England midfielder was throwing himself in front of an Andreas Weimann shot as United attempted to preserve their healthy advantage, a sign in itself of the determination in the away ranks to right the wrongs of a dreadful few weeks. The return of Darren Fletcher after almost 12 months out with, and virtually three years affected by a chronic bowel condition, merely added to the party atmosphere amongst the away support. De Gea denied Karim El Ahmadi after Welbeck had floated a chip onto the roof of Guzan’s goal but by then, thousands of Villa fans had already started to head for the exits. Welbeck, who had not scored in the league since the opening day of the season, added another from Antonio Valencia’s cross. Then Cleverley, who like Welbeck has been singled out for criticism by many supporters for his part in United’s struggles this term, belted home his first goal in a year from Wayne Rooney’s lay-off. It was lapped up by a vocal away support, who after the opener amusingly chanted: “We are staying up.” Whilst presiding over a relegation battle in the season after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson is evidently not going to happen, for Moyes, he can only hope it is a victory that kick starts the season. Not that he will meet many opponents like Villa, for whom striker Christian Benteke was a major disappointment. As Everton and Newcastle both ended long waits for wins at Old Trafford in the past fortnight, nothing could be taken for granted. However, Villa Park has long been one of United’s favourite grounds and in the Premier League they remained unbeaten there since the famous ‘You’ll win nothing with kids day’ in 1995. And, thankfully for Moyes, he found Villa in the most accommodating of moods. Press Associationlast_img read more